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The Game Changer Conference

Join us for a transformative experience designed to reignite and build the social-emotional wellness, confidence, and values our young males need. Tailored for African American and minority students from 4th grade to college, this conference is a beacon of hope and empowerment.



  • Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023

  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Location: Seneca Valley High School,
    19401 Crystal Rock Dr.,
    Germantown, Maryland 20874

  • Safety: Masks are optional but recommended for added protection.


Conference Goal:

To craft a “Game Changer” experience that reignites and builds the social-emotional wellness, confidence, and values our young males need to ascend to the next level and become a true Success Story. This conference is a beacon of hope and empowerment. We encourage young males to embrace a positive attitude and pursue academic excellence to reach their full potential, boosting High School graduation and College Readiness Rates.

What to Expect: 

  • Life Skills Stations, Panel Conversations, and Enrichment Forums: A variety of interactive sessions designed to equip students with essential life skills and knowledge.

  • Parent Advocacy Academy Roundtable: Parents are encouraged to attend workshops themed "New School Parenting for Old School Issues" to learn how to better advocate for their students.

  • STEM Exposure Experience: An opportunity for students to explore and engage with STEM-related activities and learning.


The ESSAY Writing Contest


We invite students to showcase their writing skills and thoughts on the theme: "The World is Shifting! Being Focus Forward is a Game Changer: How Will YOU Pursue Excellence?" Huge prizes await the winners in each age division! Submissions are due by October 25, 2023.

Essay Theme:
"The World is Shifting! Being Focus Forward is a Game Changer: How Will YOU Pursue Excellence? Why is this vital to your home, school, and community success? Provide examples to allow you to achieve ultimate success as a Game Changer!"


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Submission Guidelines:

  • Essays should be original work by the student.

  • Limit your essay to 300 words.

  • Complete all the fields on the submission form.

  • This essay is not mandatory to attend the conference, but it is highly encouraged.

Huge prizes await the winners in each age division (Elementary, Middle, and High School)! Winners will be recognized and will be required to read their essays to receive the award.

How to Submit:
Click here for the Essay submission form and include your essay in the appropriate field.


Sponsors & Partners

​The proud Co-Sponsors & Partners of the Game Changer Conference this year are—

Game Changer Conference founder, UCF Youth Development Organization, which celebrates “17 years” of promoting student success and “changing lives in the community one student at a time amongst at-promise youth,” proudly celebrates our 2023-2024 Co-Sponsors in its 12th year are—


  • Montgomery County Public Schools System, Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement under the leadership of Mr. Everett M. Davis and the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Monifa B. McKnight.

  • Montgomery County Public School System, Office of Well-Being, Learning and Achievement.  A High Performing Public School District in the Country! 

  • Montgomery County Government, UCF Youth Organization partner and stakeholder for responsible, positive youth development since 2014.

  • Victim Rights Foundation, founded by Gregory Wims, a community activist who responded to the senseless killings of three Washington D.C. citizens. VRF celebrates 27 years and has raised $1 million dollars for victims of violent crimes since its inception.

  • The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Montgomery County (NPHC), is a collaborative umbrella organization composed of historically African-American Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. The mission is to promote programs and initiatives to improve African American conditions from an academic, economic, health, social, and civic perspective. The NPHC organizations are sometimes collectively referred to as the “Divine Nine. 

The Ask: Make “Hope Happen” and be a "Helping Hand" to help get the word out to your circle of influence today:  Dads, Moms, Guardians, Mentors, Church Members, Youth Leaders, Coaches, family members, neighbors, cousins in another state, and anyone working directly with youth bring your student to this in-person transformational experience.

It is important more now than ever before to continue to invest in the community and work together to make a difference in the life of a child.   As students and community press through COVID post-pandemic let’s work to make “hope happen” to help families and students navigate this ever-changing society.    Mentoring Matters!

​YOUR ACTION: Register and Bring your young males for a life-changing experience!

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